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it from happening again. mr. tonko: sure. absolutely. you know, the impact of sandy, representative garamendi, comes on the heels of last year's storm with irene and lee. a double whammy. that impacted several counties that i represent. and upstate new york was devastated. it was the loss of life, of lives. there was destruction to the public infrastructure, many businesses, farms and housing were destroyed. tremendously so. and the need to rebuild became very apparent. this year with sandy, the same sort of impact, this time in a very densely populated region of new york city, long island, and the southern portions of new york state. and so i think it's a stark reminder, a very real example, a very painful outcome that speaks to the need of investing, investing in our infrastructure. and so as we go forward there's also an opportunity to improve upon what existed at the time of these storms. for instance, in the energy networks, utility networks, we can do state of the art. we have taught other nations how to build those systems. it's time to do nation building at home. and i think
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